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NLC: Nationwide Strike Continues Despite Agreement With FG On New Minimum Wage Above N60,000

Despite an agreement reached with government, the natiowide strike continues pending a meeting with its organs, the NLC says.

The Nigeria Labour Congress has said that the strike that was called over the conflict of negotiation for a new minimum wage is still ongoing.

The NLC made this announcement in a post on social medis platform X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday, despite the fact that the organised Labour signed an agreement with the federal government on Monday night that a new minimum wage above N60,000 will be established.

The post read, “Until we hear from our organs at our meeting scheduled for today 4th June , we are still on strike.”

The federal government and organized labour, on Tuesday, agreed to establish a new minimum wage exceeding N60,000. This decision was made at the conclusion of a meeting held on Monday between leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), and federal government representatives.

The meeting was convened by the federal government in response to an indefinite nationwide strike initiated by labour unions demanding a living wage.

George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), announced the resolutions, stating, “President Bola Tinubu is committed to a national minimum wage that is higher than N60,000.” Akume reassured Nigerians, saying, “We have had a very realistic and patriotic meeting, and the results will be manifesting.”

The SGF mentioned that a tripartite committee would meet daily over the next week to finalize an agreeable national minimum wage. He emphasized that labour, respecting the President’s commitment, would promptly convene its organs to consider this new wage proposal.

Akume also guaranteed that no worker would face victimization due to the industrial action.

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